Moving Hearts

Genres: Folk World
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s


This Irish outfit was formed in 1981 by former Planxty members Christy Moore (7 May 1945, Prosperous, Co. Kildare, Eire) and Dónal Lunny (b. 10 March 1945, Tullamore, County Offaly, Eire) and was notable for its innovative use in Irish traditional music of an eclectic array of instruments, which at times included saxophones, pipes, bouzoukis and synthesizers. The original members, Moore, Lunny, Declan Sinnott (guitar), Eoghan O’Neill (bass/vocals), Davy Spillane (b. 1959, Dublin, Eire; uillean pipes/whistles), Brian Calnan (percussion/drums) and Keith Donald (saxophone), were all inextricably connected to the Irish folk scene. Their exciting blend of folk music, jazz and electric rock challenged the popular pre-conceptions of Irish - indeed, British - folk music, although without ever gaining the recognition it fully deserved. The song subject matter ranged from the traditional to the more contemporary, chronicling the internment of terrorist suspects...

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